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Focusing on Muslim perception in America, Jessey Eagan practices wearing a hijab.

As part of her Lent journey, Christian mother, Jessey Eagan has been wearing hijab in public after considering what it would feel like "to be an outsider," as she explained to the Christian Post.

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MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online)- The mother of two, who works as a part time children's director at the Imago Dei Church in Peoria, Illinois, is planning to participate in the practice of wearing the Islamic garb throughout the Lenten Season.

Eagan even went swimming with her family recently wearing a "burkini," which covered her from head to toe, to ensure devotion on remaining covered - how Muslim women are displayed in public.

According to her blog, the response from both Muslims and Christians has been positive so far.

When her husband asked why she is doing this for Lent, considering that the Muslim population in Peoria is big, she explained that this practice is about hospitality and that she wants to remember what it feels like to be one of the "outsiders."

Seven years ago, Eagan and her husband had lived for some time in Amman, Jordan teaching at an Islamic school where they "forged" friendships with the Muslims they met. The experience of being an outsider had given their worldview a different impact; she said she believes that the media and people in general are casting all Muslims as extremists.

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This holy season, remember the patron saint who watches over thee! Honor your patron saint with faith.

"I want to remember that people are individuals, and so by doing this I'm remembering to welcome and include people no matter what they look like," Eagan told the Christian Post.

By doing this, she believes that she could help other Christians not to be so overpowered by fear that they forget to show love to everyone. She told The Blaze that due to the media's heavy influence over people, we are more susceptible to feeling fear, which is the "opposite of love."


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